FNHMA focuses on competencies that are essential for a professional active in First Nations health management. Competencies have been grouped into ten core domains of knowledge and skills with a listing of competency indicators.
FNHMA's ten core competency domains:
Leadership and Governance
Advocacy, Partnerships and Relationships
Human Resources Management
Financial Management and Accountability
Health Services Delivery
Quality Improvement and Assurance
These professional competencies:
Serve as a base for the curriculum development of the Certified First Nations Health Managers Program;
Assist in preparation for the CFNHM professional examination;
Identify and measure practical work experience requirements;
Assist to develop continuing professional development services;
Serve as a tool to conduct a self-assessment to identify areas requiring professional development;
An evaluation tool in the Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR) program;
Support in recruitment and selection; and
Support in performance management and evaluation.
The competencies are general and pertinent to all types of First Nations organizations.